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12B Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Things in the garden are not always what they seem Summer was coming to a ' close. I was still harvesting bok choy, chard, kale, tomatoes, squash and parsley. But, it seemed there was something different in my backyard vegetable garden. Every morning I would venture out to pick the kale for my green drink. At the end of, and outside of the raised bed where the kale grew, there was a damp spot on the pathway. I noted it, and didn't think too much about it. Two mornings later I returned to harvest my COMMUNITY GREEN PAMELA NOEL morning greens, and there it was again. The sprinkler could not have reached to this place, so I wondered what was making this damp place. About 5 inches in diameter I thought that it might be an animal marking a particular spot -- his territory, so to speak. This had happened this summer, in my brother's vegetable garden, though it was a raccoon that deposited his refuse on the same spot nightly. I wondered how "my animal" could get inside the enclosure, as the wire was 2-by-4-inch rectangles, with no visible entry points -- no holes under the fence, or other telltale signs. I watched this spot, and every other morning it seemed it was dampened by this animal. I wondered what it was, and how to stop it from entering my vegetable garden. I thought about photographing it during the night, but that would result in my not getting my sleep. I thought about a trap, but I didn't know what size the animal was, so it would be difficult to obtain the correct size. I thought about letting it be, but I was too curious for that. Finally, I thought about leaving my own marking on Events Around Plumas County Id Quincy:  Medi-Cal to managed care weg  forum, 1 - 3 p.m., Mineral OC', 8  Building at Plumas-Sierra - -  County Fairgrounds. Learn about scheduled transition of seniors, people with disabilities to managed care. To register (encouraged): Forest Harlan, 893-8527. Longboard Ski Construction, 6:30 - 9 p.m., Quincy High School woodshop. Feather River College community education class led by Chris Murray continues Weds through Dec. 17. To register: Connie Litz, 283-0202, ext. 317; Quincy: "First Out of the Chute," 6 - 9 p.m., Quincy Elks Lodge at 2004 E. Main St. River College rodeo team fundraiser features wine tasting, cocktails, food, prize drawings, socializing with team cowboys, cowgirls. Local groups present information booths. Tickets $25. For information: Tracy, 283-2265. Words & Music, doorsopen 7 p.m., Patti's Thunder Caf. Featuring Margaret Elysia Garcia. Sign up for open micat the'doori,Admission $3, beverages available for purchase. For information: Plumas Arts, 283-3402. Carman Valley: Field tour, meet 10 a.m. at Calpine Post Office. Tour of fuels reduction, stream restoration projects hosted by Sierra Valley Resource Conservation District,. Tahoe National Forest north of Sierraville. Open to the public. To RSVP (encouraged): Chester: Taco night, 5:30 - 7 p.m., Lake Almanor Elks Lodge at 164 Main St. $8 per person. Feather River Canyon: Water, Power, Fish and Fire -- The Stairway of Power, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., meet at Sierra Institute office in Taylorsville. Sierra Institute for Community and Environment Center of Forestry tour discusses hydroelectric power production, fire, drought, impacts on fisheries, ecosystems, recreation, rural communities. $50 per person; includes morning refreshments, lunch, transportation. For information, to register: I_auri Rawlins-Betta, 284-1022; Quincy: Cherry Road Gang, Main Street Sports Bar and Lounge at 395 Main St. $5 cover charge supports Feather River College rodeo team. For information: 283-9788. Quincy: Feather River College rodeo; 6 :t-Sat, p.m. Ffi, 2 p.m. Sat; OCt, 0- Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds. Top 10 petitors from Fri compete Sat. Free for spectators. Lassen Volcanic National Park: 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Chester: team serves Mexican food in fundraiser. Prices Artists' reception, 4 - 7 p.m., $1.75 - $7. For information: Karl Popish, The Back Room Art Gallery at 775-843-0377. Books & Beyond. Featuring Barbara MacArthur, Sylvia Quincy: th. Refreshments served. For Tacos to go fundraiser, 4:30 - 7 p.m., La Sierra information: Dawn Gray, 258-2! 50. Lanes. Proceeds support Quincy High School Mini Genesee: Annual Heart K Play Day, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Heart K Ranch. Volunteer work projects, tours, socializing, bike rides, hula-hoop contest, silent auction. Barbecue 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. free for volunteers. $25 adults; kids 10 and under free; students $10. Proceeds benefit Heart K restoration projects. To reserve tickets: 283-5758, For directions: Lassen Volcanic National Park: Seventh annual Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk; 7 - 10 a.m.; meet at trailhead to Terrace, Shadow, Cliff Lake trails. Lassen Peak Photography owner Jerri Lee leads professional, amateur photographers on hikes, bringing national event to local area. Bring water, sunscreen, sensible shoes, layered clothing. Walk is free; $10 per vehicle required to enter park. For information: http:/ Meadow Valley: Pancake breakfast, 7 - 11 a.m., Old Meadow Valley Schoolhouse. Proceeds support Meadow Valley Volunteer Fire Department emergency medical response. $8, $5 children under 8. Quincy: Feather River Toy Run, noon - 5 p.m., Elks Lodge No. 1884 at 2004 E. Main St. Hosted by Americans Motorcycle Club. All are welcome; admission $15 singles with toys, $20 couples with toys. Lunch 1 - 3 p.m., full bar, live music, prize giveaways. For information: Eric, 820-2414; Russ, 927-7975; Elks Lodge, 283-1680. Second annual Fractured Fashionistas Fashion Show, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m., Vets Hall. Runway show of costumes, fashion for October celebrations. No-host bar, free appetizers. Tickets $20 in advance from Plumas Arts. Proceeds benefit Save Our Theatre, Genesee Hysterical Society, Friends of Plumas County Animals. For information: Plumas Arts, 283-3402; Trisha Aitken, 284-7480. Librafest, Main Street Sports Bar and Lounge at 395 Main St. Featuring DJ Trezz playing '90s hip-hop to celebrate Libra birthdays. For information: 283-9788. Vinton: Annual Indian Taco Dinner, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Grange Hall. Sierra Valley Fire Auxiliary presents fundraiser for Sierra Valley Volunteer Fire Department including giveaway and auction. Adults $10, children $5. For information: Betty, 993-4621. Trojan Dance Team. For information: 283-1633. Danceampler, 7 - 8:15 p.m., Feather River College Fitness Center. Community education class by Julie Lewis continues Oct. 15, 17. To register: Connie Litz, 283-0202, ext. 317; Graeagle: League of Women Voters forum, 6:30 p.m., Fire Hall. Presentations by District 5 supervisorial candidates. Portola: League of Women Voters forum, 6:30 p.m., Portola library. Focus on Portola City Council candidates. Quincy: "Birthday at the Barn," 7 p.m., Learning Landscapes barn on Quincy Junction Road. Quincy HighSchool 100th birthday features birthday cake, traditional homecoming bonfire, music by QHS band, celebration of QHS history. For information: 283-6510. a Quincy: League of Women Voters forum, 6:30 p.m., Plumas County Library. Presentations by District 5 supervisorial ndidates. Portola: Words & Music, 7 p.m., Williams Hous e . Featuring Love Local. Admission $3 at the door; bring your own beverages, snacks. For information: Plumas Arts, 283-3402. Quincy: Homecoming parade, 1 p.m., Main Street. Dedicated to Quincy High School centennial. For information: 283-6510. Quincy: Third annual Blessing of the Animals service, 2 p.m., in tfh:dst fcmh:t i United Jackson St. Service by Methodist, Lutheran churches includes songs, readings, individual blessings. Well-behaved animals welcome on leash or in carrier; other animals may be represented by photos. Portola: Taco "Tuesday" Monday, 4 - 7 p.m., Elks Lodge. Portola High School softball Sloat: FEAST Food Summit, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Sloat Towne Hall. Free event hosted by Plumas County Public Health Agency, Plumas-Sierra Community Food Council, Food Bank of Northern Nevada celebrates local food, explores local food environment, opens community conversation about food system and access. To register: Greenville: Huge yard sale, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., Legion Hall on Pine Street. Clothes, furniture, appliances, more. For donation pickup: 284-7580, 284-7328. top of its marking, thus letting him know that there was a bigger critter about. This might encourage him to leave. I remembered the Farley Mowatt story, "Never Cry Wolf," in which the author conducted a similar tactic in trying to establish his territory amidst the wolves he was studying. Thus, I embarked on a stealth mission after dark, going out to deposit mymark. I did this for several nights, and then stopped for the next several nights. And... still the damp spot occurred each morning. After talking to a male friend, I suggested that his marking the spot might work better. Perhaps the animal would respond to a more "male" marking. Before I could convince him to help me in my effort, I made one more trip out to the enclosure to investigate the situation. I remembered that some weeks before I had one of my neighborhood helpers clear the area of weeds around the raised beds. As I dug around with my shoe, sure enough, my toe hit a black PVC pipe that had been buried. And into the side of that pipe there was a half-inch gash that now explained the morning damp spot. I had been out after dark making my mark on a plastic pipe. I felt silly. In fact, I felt ridiculous. Thankfully, I have a sense of humor, even when I am the object of that humor. None of us should take ourselves too seriously. We all need to have a good chuckle, sometimes even at our own expense. And the best part about this entire experience is that every time I go out to collect my kale greens, I remember my nighttime forays. And that gives me a smile each time. And this alone is worth it. Recent rains have not ended local fire threat The Plumas County Fire Safe Council would like to remind residents and visitors to Plumas County that despite the recent rains that have fallen across the region, the area is still in fire season. While these rains have doused much of Plumas County and have provided a welcome change, they have not eliminated the ongoing threat of wildfire. Weather forecasts are predicting warm and dry weather and forests are filled with very dry fuels. The council encourages everyone to exercise extreme caution while enjoying local forest lands this fall and help ensure prevent new human-caused wildfires this year. "Remember that it only takes one spark to ignite a wildfire," said Nils Lunder, council coordinator. "Whether you are out hunting, gathering firewood, camping, shooting or just driving our back roads) be fire safe and help us get through the 2014 fire season without any major fires in the county." Everyone is invited to attend the Plumas County Fire Safe Council's regularly scheduled monthly meeting Thursday, Oct. 9, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Plumas County Planning & Building Services office, located at 555 Main St. in Quincy. At the October meeting the council will be providing updates on its ongoing fuel reduction projects throughout the county. There will also be discussions regarding the work that the council is doing with dommunities that are working toward becoming recognized as Firewise by the National Fire Protection Association. The mission of the council is "to reduce the loss of natural and manmade resources caused by wildfire through Firei,se CQmunity Prgga and pre:fire actlwtms." : .... For additional information on council activities, defensible space and fire activity in the state, visit LETTERS, f00om page 11B (NOAA) and the University of Washington, concluded that warmer sea and land temperatures along the Pacific coast in North America over the past 100 years are due to weak winds -- and not due to human activities or "climate change." The study was published on the eve of the UN Climate Summit by the National Academy of Sciences. The study, published as "Atmospheric controls on northeast Pacific temperature variability and change, 1900 -2012," reports that while "Northeast Pacific coastal warming since 1900 is often ascribed to anthropogenic greenhouse forcing.., century-long warming,around the northeast Pacific margins, like multi-decadal variability, can be primarily attributed to changes in atmospheric circulation," and not to human burning of fossil fuels. The Los Angeles Times quotes James Johnstone: "Changing winds appear to explain a very large fraction of the warming from year to year, decade to decade and the long-term." The Times adds: "This latest research shows that similar changes in atmospheric and ocean circulation can drive trends that last a century or longer, overshadowing the effects of human-generated increase in greenhouse gases, the study's authors said." By analyzing records of sea surface temperatures, sea level pressure, and land-based surface air temperatures, the study -- which was reviewed for nearly a year before publication -- demonstrates that natural changes in wind patterns "account for more than 80 percent of the 1900 - 2012 linear warming" and that "natural internally generated changes in atmospheric circulation were the primary cause of coastal NE Pacific warming from 1900 to 2012." Marvelously, facts do trump theories; "Global Warmers" hate being debunked. Trent Saxton Lake Davis mE m m m m m m m m m m m m II I SENIOR Wednesday, Oct. 15 Chicken pot pie, salad, | liE N-IJ juice, fruit | | Monday, Oct. 13 | Sites closed for Thursday, Oct. 16 Columbus Day Beef stir fry, brown rice, | | apricots, cookie | Tuesday, Oct. 14 Friday, Oct. 17 r | | Swedish meatballs over Pork chop, winter squash, noodles, Brussels sprouts, | beet salad, pears in lime peas, mashed potatoes, | | jello roll, applesauce r | I :Vegetarian ,Meal; **Healthy Heart Meal I Nutrition sites: Chester, 394-7636; Quincy, 283-0643; Greenville, | 284-6608 (day before for reservation); Portola, 832-4173; Blairsden| open Wed only, call 832-4173 Tuesday for reservations. Suggested- | donation $2.50 for 60 yrs & older. One guest may accompany each| senior, $6 mandatory charge. Menus may Change. Noon at all sites.-